There are some subjects in medicine which are considered more taboo than others, especially to patients who are otherwise young and sexually active. Genital warts, and particularly anal warts, may be at the top of this list – a painful and embarrassing problem which nonetheless can benefit from candid conversations.
So let’s have one. Recently a patient asked me how to know whether he has anal warts, and how to tell these apart from other lesions, scabs, or hemorrhoids that may appear in the area.
This answer covers the basics pretty well:
Anal warts appears first as very tiny spots and then grow into larger shapes. Initially, the patient may not be aware of their appearance. But with time, they grow larger and spread into the surrounding areas.
Anal warts tend to be firmer than hemorrhoids, and they spread and grow in a way that hemorrhoids never could. Moreover, because they are considered a precursor to anal cancer, these warts require medical intervention as soon as possible, making early diagnosis a paramount concern.
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